Polar bears’ plight intensifies

Polar bears have been the canary in the ‘climate change’ coal mine for climate change for years now. The media, scientists, politicians, researchers, campaigners have all used the plight of these arctic bears as attention-grabbing indicators of impending changes in our climate, resulting in a certain amount of viewer fatigue.

But as current news shows, there’s no reason to write them off as a cliche yet.

Yesterday, Environment Canada officials reported in this article that temperatures in certain areas of the Arctic are “consistently warmer” than previous years, meaning that ice will take longer to form, a key factor in our furry white canaries’ hunt for food.

“The later it gets [without formed ice], the more weak bears there are who probably aren’t going to make it through.”

Polar bears and humans — our communities and economies included — face the same challenge: the longer we go without implementing adaptation and mitigation measures, the more our ability to survive the impacts of climate change will be compromised.

To protect species diversity, genetic diversity, and ecosystem diversity, policy-makers need to be reminded (no matter if it takes some repeated pulling at our heartstrings) that the need to adapt to climate change is constant.

As ACT suggests in our inaugural report on Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity, making the transition to an ecosystem-based economy would ensure that ecosystems in British Columbia (and across Canada) are fully valued in our resource decision-making.


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  1. Tony Butler says:

    Don’t worry Chuck,

    According to the leading Polar Bear experts, they’re thriving and can swim.

    Despite the media headlines of Polar Bears drowning, backed by that picture of a mother and cub on a small ice-flo, taken in the middle of summer, only four have drowned during a violent storm.

    Global warming will not worry wildlife as they have all been around for at least six-million-years.

    Replacing global waring with climate change was rather stupid, as the climate is always changing, especially the fake anthropogenic global warming politics.

  2. Deborah says:

    Two responses for you, Tony:

    Sadly, global warming is already taking a significant toll on many species. Combined with habitat loss and other effects of human development such as pollution, there is a real need to do what we can to protect the ecosystems on which they, and we of course, depend for survival. From some that are benefiting – such as the pine beetle here in British Columbia, which has now devastated an extraordinarily large area due to lack of cold in the wintertime, to losers such as cariboo in the north starving because of unseasonal rain that then freezes and blocks their access to vegetation, this is a serious problem. Wildlife have survived some changes in our climate in the past, but the speed with which these changes are happening is simply too fast for them to evolve and adapt to. So we need to do what we can to learn about the problems and support positive actions designed to help.

    People began talking about “climate change”, or “global climate disruption” because “global warming” implies to those who are not familiar with the science that the effects will always manifest as higher temperatures, whereas models show, and we are already experiencing, greater extremes in general as the base temperature increases. So when there is a heavy snowfall, many assume this means the world is not warming, when this is local weather, not indicative of the overall trend.

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